Dr. Shawna Pandya is a scientist-astronaut candidate with Project , physician, aquanaut, speaker, martial artist, advanced diver, skydiver, pilot-in-training, VP Immersive Medicine with and Fellow of the . She is also Director of the International Institute of Astronautical Sciences (IIAS)/PoSSUM , Chief Instructor of the IIAS/PoSSUM Operational Space Medicine course, Chair of Strategic Directives for the , clinical lecturer at the University of Alberta, a newly appointed Primary Investigator (PI) for the , session organizer for 2020 and was mostly recently named a medical advisor to and .
Dr. Pandya holds degrees in neuroscience (BSc Hons. Neuroscience, University of Alberta), space (MSc Space Studies, International Space University), entrepreneurship (Graduate Studies Program, Singularity University) and medicine (MD, University of Alberta), and is currently completing a fellowship in Wilderness Medicine (Academy of Wilderness Medicine). She has previously completed WEM’s Hyperbaric and Dive Medicine course and stayed at the Aquarius Reef Base.